Hal Galper Quartet


Price: € 19.95
Format: CD
Label: Origin Records
UPC: 0805558275128
Catnr: ORIGIN 82751
Release date: 09 March 2018
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€ 19.95
Origin Records
Catalogue number
ORIGIN 82751
Release date
09 March 2018

"The trio is a well-oiled swing machine and Jerry Bergonzi fits like a tight-fitting glove with its superior sound."

Rootstime, 14-5-2018

About the album

With his focus on ‘the art of the trio’ since moving on from the Phil Woods Quintet in the late ‘80s - the last decade incorporating his innovative development of trio ‘Rubato’ playing into 7 albums on Origin Records - pianist Hal Galper made a major, personal musical statement in adding his old friend and saxophone titan Jerry Bergonzi to a late 2016 tour and live recording. Diving into the ‘Rubato’ deep end with the trio, Bergonzi provided another dimension and an added spark, opening unforeseen avenues to the trio and quickly becoming an integral part of Galper’s musical concepts. Thus, the Hal Galper Quartet, featuring Jerry Bergonzi! Recorded at Cleveland’s Tri-C, Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, the quartet recorded live in an open session format with a small but involved audience. Bassist Jeff Johnson contributed much of the music for the tour and four of the tracks for the recording. His composition “Cubist,” provided the implied visual of a subject with many parts out of place or overly-dramatized, offering new perspectives on a familiar image, and a fine metaphor for the music. “...a moment of thrilling uncertainty, slightly airborne and stretched out in unusual shapes and motions, and (the moment extended) out for the length of a song, each and every time.” - Wondering Sound.
Mit seinem Fokus auf die Kunst des Trios hat der Pianist Hal Galper ein großes, persönliches musikalisches Statement abgegeben, indem er seinen alten Freund und Saxophon-Titanen Jerry Bergonzi bei einer Tournee Ende 2016 und einer Live-Aufnahme mit einbezog. So entstand das Hal Galper Quartett mit Jerry Bergonzi! Aufgenommen in Clevelands Tri-C, Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts, nahm das Quartett live in einem offenen Session-Format mit einem kleinen, aber engagierten Publikum auf. Bassist Jeff Johnson steuerte einen Großteil der Musik für die Tournee und vier der Tracks für die Aufnahme bei. Seine Komposition "Cubist" lieferte die implizite Visualisierung eines Subjekts mit vielen verfremdeten oder überdramatisierten Teilen, die eine neue Perspektive auf ein vertrautes Bild und eine feine Metapher für die Musik bietet.


In his fifth decade as a major jazz artist, Hal Galper continues the innovation that has made him one of today's most surprising and satisfying pianists. Galper's 21st century series of trio albums for Origin Records incorporates his development of 'Rubato' playing as a means of melding melodic lyricism with the rhythmic excitement and "sound of surprise" of the bebop tradition, deepening the jazz experience for musicians and listeners alike.

"...the high level of integration and communication the trio displays is rare and quite thrilling to experience." - Downbeat.

"He has also found two like-minded musical brothers in bassist Jeff Johnson and drummer John Bishop, versatile and sophisticated players who can keep up with his 'Rubato' concept, one of playing loose and free with tempo and harmony - even structure - twisting the familiar forms like a rubber band, then pulling them back and letting them fly free." - All About Jazz.

A student of the piano from the age of six, Galper entered the Berklee School of Music in Boston on a scholarship in 1955 and studied technique with the famous Madam Chaloff. He quickly gravitated to the city's jazz clubs, supplementing his formal Berklee training by studying the performances of such Boston stalwarts as Jaki Byard, Sam Rivers and Herb Pomeroy. It wasn't long before Galper had soaked up enough practical jazz knowledge that he was employed as house pianist at The Stables, Lennie's On The Turnpike and Connelly's, leading Boston jazz emporiums.

Beginning his international performing career in a three-year stint with trumpeter Chet Baker, he went on to be an integral member of the bands of Cannonball Adderley and Phil Woods. He also worked with Sam Rivers, Joe Henderson, Lee Konitz and Roy Eldridge, among dozens of other major jazz figures. Supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, Galper formed one of his most critically acclaimed groups as a leader in the early '70s. With trumpeter Randy Brecker, his saxophonist brother Michael, bassist Wayne Dockery and drummer Billy Hart, the new Hal Galper Quintet debuted at Sweet Basil in New York's Greenwich Village, eventually recording four albums including Reach Out, Speak With a Single Voice, Children Of The Night and Redux 78.

Galper's discography includes 99 albums, with 32 of them under his name. He is a leader not only as a performer but also as an educator, with emphasis on theory, performance and the worldly side of music as a profession. He was a founding member of New York's New School Of Jazz And Contemporary Music and recently retired from his 14 year tenure at Purchase Conservatory. His best selling theory of Forward Motion, was the first interactive E-book in which its more than 300 musical examples could be played in a computer browser. It offers insights into the workings of melodies, secrets of phrasing and ways of practicing to enhance jazz performance. Both the E-book and hard cover edition of Forward Motion along with information on his other books and writings are available at www.halgalper.com.



The trio is a well-oiled swing machine and Jerry Bergonzi fits like a tight-fitting glove with its superior sound.
Rootstime, 14-5-2018

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